Death sentence for Sudanese pregnant woman unacceptable -Czech PM


22.05.2014 13:41

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka condemns the death penalty imposed on Meriam Ishag, a 27-year-old pregnant Sudanese woman, over her alleged conversion to Christianity, he told CTK today.


Ilustrační foto - Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

I asked Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek to clearly present the Czech view of the unacceptability of such steps by local judiciary," Sobotka said.

Zaoralek will meet Sudan´s Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Ahmad Karti today.

A Sudanese court sentenced Ishag to death for renouncing Islam last week, under the Islamic sharia law. Ishag says she was raised as an Orthodox Christian by her mother. The court also sentences her to 100 lashes for alleged adultery as it did not recognise her marriage with a Christian man.

Western embassies and humanitarian organisations expressed outrage at the verdict.

Jan Hamacek, head of Czech lower house of parliament, also said he wants to call for the cancelling of the inadequate and drastic verdict during his talks with Karti today.

Freedom of faith must be protected as a universal human right, Hamacek said.

The Czech Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) criticised the sentence on Ishag already before.

Tomas Halik, a Czech Catholic priest who won the Templeton Prize this year, asked Czech Muslims to protest against the verdict.

The Czech Muslims said Ishag cannot be sentenced for renouncing her faith and for an illegal marriage with a non-Muslim man because she has never been a Muslim.

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